Safety and Security
Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is committed to keeping the hospital campus safe and secure for patients, visitors, and staff. To reach security personnel while on campus, call (937) 440-4440.
Ohio’s Concealed Carry Law permits hospitals and other private employers to post signage on their property to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on posted premises. UVMC has always enforced, and will continue to enforce, a no tolerance weapons policy pertaining to all patients, visitors, physicians, residents, volunteers, and employees.
Anyone who knowingly violates the concealed weapons ban on hospital property, or who refuses to comply after being informed of the ban, may be arrested for criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. If you have any questions regarding the hospital’s weapons policy, please contact Security at (937) 440-4440.
Valuables and Personal Belongings
Each patient room has a bedside stand or console with drawers and a place for hanging a small amount of clothing. Because these storage areas cannot be locked, we encourage you to send any valuables home with a family member.
UVMC cannot be responsible for personal belongings. We strongly recommend that patients send jewelry, credit cards, cash, and other valuables home. Valuables can also be deposited at the hospital for safekeeping and returned on request through the Security Department (937) 440-4440. If you want to safeguard your valuables, please ask your nurse to arrange for this service.
Patients should follow these additional suggestions to help protect their personal belongings during their hospital stay:
- Keep hearing aids, eyeglasses, and dentures in appropriate containers when not in use
- Keep clothing items in the closet or drawer when not in use
- Do not leave valuables on meal trays or in bed linen
- Do not wrap dentures, partials, jewelry, or hearing aids in tissues, where they may accidentally be thrown away
- Put the patient’s name on personal items (or ask a nurse for assistance)
- Check room carefully before changing rooms or going home
If you lose something, notify your nurse immediately so hospital staff can assist in locating the missing item. Patients who need additional assistance with personal belongings are encouraged to ask their nurse.
Court-ordered Restraining Orders
For their own protection, patients should notify the hospital and provide copies of any restraining orders issued against family members or visitors who may attempt to see them in the hospital.
Special regulations are in effect when patients are receiving oxygen. Patients and visitors are asked not to use aerosol products, battery-operated equipment, or electrical appliances from home, especially in rooms where oxygen is in use.
For the protection of patients, visitors and staff, UVMC regularly conducts fire and disaster drills. If a drill occurs, there is no reason for patients or visitors to be alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building and the staff is trained to respond to fire and other emergencies.